The Slide Fire is located in Oak Creek Canyon just north of Slide Rock State Park. The fire is estimated to be 20,369 acres and is approximately 45 percent contained.
The Slide Fire is located in Oak Creek Canyon just north of Slide Rock State Park and burning northward, predominantly on the west side of the canyon.
Tuesday crews were able to complete burnout operations for the remaining perimeter. Today crews continue to improve the west and south boundary lines and continue to mop-up and patrol the east and north sides of the fire. Weather conditions are expected to be hot and dry with increasing winds today.
Heavy smoke from the Slide Fire is causing air quality issues for residents in the Sedona area, according to Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ).
ADEQ air monitors indicate that air quality in Sedona and immediately surrounding areas has ranged between "unhealthy for selective groups" and "very unhealthy." Conditions may cause respiratory issues for some area residents.
Fire crews continue to hold the fire west of Highway 89A and south of Fry Canyon.
Burnout operations have been conducted south of FSR 535 to create a larger fire break north east of the fire. Hotshot crews are also working to create fire line across the Pump House Wash near the 89A ‘switchbacks’ to control the east flank and prevent further spread east.
Winds have become lighter today, with temperatures in the low 70s. As the day continues to warm, firefighters expect increased fire behavior, with the most active portion of the fire toward the northwest to Harding Point.
Smoke from the Slide Fire located south of Flagstaff in Oak Creek Canyon continues to affect several communities in Northern Arizona.
Wildfire smoke is a mixture of small particles, gases and water vapor. The primary health concern is the small particles. Not everyone who is exposed to smoke will have health problems. Many factors influence a person’s susceptibility to smoke. These factors include the level, extent, and duration of exposure, age, and individual susceptibility.
As of 3:00 a.m. this morning Sedona has experienced "Very Unhealthy" air quality. For more information on air quality go to www.YavapaiHealth.com
Anyone who can see, taste or smell smoke should limit outdoor activity. People with heart disease, lung disease or asthma should avoid the outdoors entirely, as should children and the elderly.
Typical symptoms of exposure to smoke include burning eyes, runny nose, scratchy throat, headaches, dizziness and nausea. If you start to feel sick or faint contact your doctor immediately.